The Dallas Theological Seminary, located in Dallas’ Old East Dallas neighborhood between Live Oak Street and Swiss Ave. near St. Joseph St., will build a Heritage Center on its campus that includes a museum honoring the work of its former and current students.
According to a Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation filing, the projected construction cost to renovate the former DTS bookstore is just over $1.4 million. The work is scheduled to begin in January, with a completion date slated for May.
The 6,082-square-foot Heritage Center “will tell the story of the founding and legacy of DTS and walk visitors through the history and worldwide impact of our past and current students,” according to the school’s website.
“The official name and more details about this project are forthcoming,” it said.
DTS was founded in 1924, emphasizing “expository preaching and teaching of the Scriptures according to the plain, normal, historical meaning of the words in their original languages,” its website says.
The work on the Heritage Center is part of a broader effort to modernize both the appearance and functionality of campus as the seminary nears its centennial anniversary in 2024.
Those updates include “significant” renovations to the Turpin and Mosher Libraries, such as enclosing the atrium for flexible study spaces, adding study rooms on the upper floors, adding new furniture and artwork, and improving podcast studios.
The Walvoord Academic Center is also set to get a new courtyard-facing entry and patio area that will attach directly to the campus’ Great Lawn.
More than 2,600 students are enrolled at DTS. The school, with campuses in Fort Worth, Houston, Northwest Arkansas, San Antonio, Indianapolis, College Station, Austin, Washington, D.C., Europe and Phoenix, represents more than 70 denominations in 64 countries. Some of its more notable alumni are Robert Jeffress, David Jeremiah, Tony Evans, Priscilla Shirer, Scott O’Grady, Charles Swindoll, David Klingler and Paul Mills.